When we first decided to go vegan just over four years ago, we hunted down every piece of information we could find on optimal nutrition at different stages of growth. We wanted to make sure that as a family, we were meeting our overall caloric and nutritional needs, especially for our daughter who was just over two at the time.
I have to tell you, it was damn hard finding real-world examples of vegan kids. When you’re out there on the brink of making a life-changing decision like going vegan, you really need that information and reassurance that you’re making the right decisions on your child’s diet.
It seems that a lot of people are hesitant to share their kid’s diet (or even change it) in fear that they will bring on the ‘haters’ and those in opposition. I’m skipping worrying about that part as I feel confident that what we have decided as a family is the best option for us, animals and the planet. It has taken this long to feel that way though, and that’s why we decided to share a little of our family, in the hopes that we may help others understand what it’s like being vegan and having kids.
I read a lot (and continue to) – but the best sources of information in the beginning were ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids (Idiot’s Guides)“>A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids‘, Hello My Name Is Vegan Freak:Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan Worldand vegsource.com.
We continue to make the best possible choices we can, each and every day, even when it’s inconvenient, awkward, or cost-prohibitive. We’re not fixed or ultra-rigid in our daughter’s diet (the rare free-range egg makes an appearance, or a chocolate is snuck in via grandparents), but we do try our best to gently and openly let her know why we choose to be vegan.
We are by no means an ‘ideal’ example – even the video below doesn’t show what we view as a great diet to have every day (definitely way too much toast and not a great dinner!). But I want to share a real, honest example of what it can be like being a kid in a vegan family for one day, not a glossy and unrealistic poster-child.
So hear is an average day in the life of a vegan kid:
Are you thinking of going vegan with your family?
What tips would you give someone thinking of going vegan who has kids?